Water Engineering and Development Centre

Capacity development

Development and delivery of a course on water and sanitation for low-income urban communities in Africa

Location Client Dates Value
Mozambique and Ghana WSUP, funded by DFID and other agencies 2013-2015 £70,650

WEDC staff involved:

Summary of project activities and outcomes:

The project is divided in to 3 main phases:

  1. Development of a Masters module on “Water and sanitation services for low-income urban communities” for a leading University in Mozambique. Including needs assessment, module design and preparation of lecturer notes, student notes, powerpoints and reference materials.
  2. Delivery of a module on “Water and sanitation for low-income urban communities”, within the Water and Water Resources Engineering MSc programme run by the Department of Civil Engineering of the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) in Maputo, Mozambique.
  3. Support for further development and multi-country delivery of a Masters module on “Water and sanitation services for low-income urban communities”. Preparation of powerpoints and lecturer notes and delivery of the module at KNUST, Ghana, May 2015, to be followed by delivery in other centres.

The course content focuses specifically on the needs of low-income countries and covers all the aspects relevant to the planning and delivery of WASH services including; the social, political, institutional, economic and technological contexts. The module has been developed in direct response to an identified knowledge gap amongst professionals (e.g. urban planners and engineers) in relation to WASH service delivery in growing urban centres. The module is designed to introduce non-WASH professionals to the real world practicalities of delivering WASH services in urban areas. Through this expansion of knowledge, beyond WASH sector professionals, there can be a greater understanding of the complexities of delivering WASH services in urban areas and stronger links between service sectors and service providers.